Natural History Books
Natural History Books
N2. Barrett, Charles "Wild Nature in Australia" Wonder Animals and Birds, Robertson & Mullens Ltd, 1938, 1st edition. Softcover, 18 x 24 cms, 54 pages, black and white illustrations. Cover is damaged and separate from the rest of the book, the rest of the book is in very good condition. Australia, isolated for ages from other great land masses, is the home of the marsupials and egg-laying mammals - monotremes - Platypus and Echidna, she has birds different from all others, a Giant Earthworm, a Frilled Necked Lizard and hosts of other wonders. Cockatoos and parrots have their headquarters in Australia, emus and cassowaries are giant flightless birds, there is a Lung-fish in Queensland and the Port Jackson Shark. Each creature featured has a page of text and a full black and white photograph. Contents include: Platypus, Lyre-birds, Bower-birds, Fairy Penguin, Mound building birds, Giant Lizards, Tree climbing kangaroos, Echidna, Giant Earthworm, Kookaburra, Mopoke, Cuscus, Opossums, Seabird Cities, Notable snakes, stick and leaf insects, Queer lizards, black swan, wombats, koala, white ant citadels, cockatoos, emu and Cassowary, tree-ferns.
N3. Bates, HJ & Busenbark, RL "Parrots and Related Birds" TFH Publications Inc, 1959. Hardcover book in very good condition, dust jacket is present but shows signs of wearing. 26 colour pages showing varieties of budgerigars, 62 colour pages showing parrots and related varieties, 373 pages in all. Photographs by Louise Van Der Meid. Contents include: Introduction to Parrots in Aviculture, feeding, aviaries and equipment, taming, talking, the caged house pet, genetics and hybridizing, diseases, the Parrot family, three unusual subfamilies, lories, Lorikeets, and closely related birds, Cockatoos, Macaws and Conures, Parrots, Parrakeets, Love Birds and Parrotlets, Hanging parrots and Guaiabero, Miscellaneous, colour varieties of budgerigars.
N5. Bennett D & Humphries D "Introduction to Field Biology" Edward Arnold Publishers,1967. Hardcover with protected dust jacket. 1st edition reprinted. An introductory text which not only gives brief accounts of field work techniques but attempts from the start to explain how these techniques should be used to clarify and solve problems. Contents include: Methods of discovery; Elements Of Ecology; Collecting and Identifying; Survey and Recording Techniques; Using Quantitative Records; Habitat Factors; Soil; Woodland; Grassland; Heath, Moorland and bog; Freshwater; The Sea and Seashore; Maritime Habitats; Projects; Appendix; Bibliography, Index.
N6. Butterflies - "Passion Vine Butterflies", Full and Complete National Geographic Vol 184, No,6. December 1993. Starring Passion Vine Butterflies on Pages 122-137. An exquisite article by Darlyne A. Murawski., on the Heliconius butterflies. (38 species in this genus). "They float serenely amid predatory birds, harvest flowers on a set schedule, and may outlive all other butterflies, their secret: a taste for cyanide-laced plants." Incredibly intricate photography. Not to be missed by the serious butterfly lover. Other articles include: Glass, capturing the dance of light, Himalayan caravans (trading people of northwestern Nepal), Lake Superior, St Petersburg - Capital of the Tsars.
N7. Calder, Nigel (editor) "Nature In The Round" A Guide to Environmental Science, Wedenfeld and Nicolson, 1973. Hardcover in very good condition, dust jacket in good condition 2 inch tear near spine, 294 pages. A collection of essays about environmental science and emerging trends in population growth, natural resources, development, planning and agriculture. This book outlines in an original way, the scientific approaches needed for the wise management of the environment. Calder has marshalled a coherent body of knowledge and methods for environmental science.
N8 Cameron, R "Shells" Octopus Books Ltd, London, 1972. Hardcover. Dust jacket. 100 pages. Very good condition.
N9. Chisholm, AH "Australian Wild Life" Around Australia Program, Nelson Doubleday (Australia) Pty Ltd, 1966. This is a sticker book, all the stickers have been placed neatly in their correct places. An introduction to Australian Wild Life, including animals now extinct, photo of thylacine (Tasmanian tiger). Animals that lay eggs. Marsupials, kangaroos and koalas, possums and numbats, dingos and wombats. Also, a wealth of bird life, from pelicans, brolgas, parrots to emus, pigeons, lyrebirds and kookaburras. Mallee fowl, bower birds, wrens and finches. 64 pages.
N10. Dunning, Joan "The Loon, Voice of the Wilderness" Written and illustrated by Joan Dunning, Yankee Books, 1991. Exquisitely illustrated in luminous watercolours and detailed black and white drawings, book and dust jacket as new, pp143. Dunning weaves a story around a pair of loons, following them through their yearly cycle. Marginal notes embellish the text and a range map depicts migratory routes and territorial spread.
N11. Durrell, G "The Whispering Land" A Penguin Book, 1967. Softcover in very good condition, black and white drawings by Ralph Thompson, 217 pages. Durrell searches windswept Patagonian shores and tropical forests in the Argentine for additions to his private zoo. Penguins and elephant seals make way for an absurd family of foxes who dance gracefully with a roll of lavatory paper, and we see the author baiting a trap for a recalcitrant vampire bat with one of his own toes.
N12. Frauca, Harry "The Book of Australian Wild Life" Heinemann, 1965. First edition, photographs by Harry and Claudy Frauca (black and white). A panoramic view of Australian animals from insects to the high mammals. Hardcover in very good condition, protected, illustrated dust jacket slightly worn at edges. Previous owner's bookplate on front endpaper.
N13. Frauca, H "Encounters with Australian Animals" Heinemann, London, Melbourne, Toronto, no date. Hardcover in very good condition, dust jacket in good condition, black and white photographs, 152 pages. This book is the record of the experiences of Harry Frauca and his wife during five years of tracking and photography Australian wild life. Some of the animals studied include: Platypus, Echidna, Tiger Cat, Tasmanian Devil, Sugar Glider, Tasmanian wolf, Bandicoot, Sugar Glider, Wombat, Koala, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Melomy, Flying Fox, Mud Crabs, Anaspides, Lungfish, Small Lizards, Skinks, Other Lizards, Goannas, Turtles, amd more. Great photographs and detailed text.
N14. Goodall, Jane "In The Shadow of Man" Collins, London, 1st edition, 1971. Hardcover without dust jacket, in good condition, front hinge cracked, 256 pages. Photographs by Hugo van Lawick, 8 pages of coloured plates, many black and white plates. Tells the story of Jane Goodall's studies of Chimpanzees from the very beginning to 1970. Well written and detailed. Gombe Stream Research Centre, Tanzania, Africa.
N15. Harmon, M "A Field Guide to North American Birders, A Parody" Berkley Publishing Group, 2001. Softcover book in very good condition, small black texta mark on top page edges, 113 pages. Overview: Why watch a bunch of silly birds when you can watch a bunch of silly birdwatchers? That's the basis of this hilarious parody by Margaret Harmon. Packaged like an actual field guide, it's a bird's eye view of the people who watch the birds, featuring: full-color illustrations of each birder; the distinguishing characteristics, voice, range, and habitat of 39 "species" of birders; a diagram of the birder body - in all it's full-feathered glory; tips on birder-watching - and how to attract them to your own back yard; specialized information on how to prevent birder-watching injuries; the American Birder-Watching Society Code of Ethics; and more. A Bird's Eye view to watching humans who watch birds. Great present for a bird watcher.
N16. Hunt, H "The Alphabird Book" A book about birds of Australia for children, Lothian Publishing Company, 1979, 1st edition. Hardcover book in very good condition, colour photographs, black and white drawings. 64 pages.
N17. Kortright, FH "The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America" The Stackpole Company, Wildlife Management Institute, 1967. For the Naturalist and the Sportsman. Hardcover in very good condition, dust jacket is reasonable but is worn at top and bottom with some tears at edges, 484 pages. Illustrations by TM Shortt, foreword by Aldo Leopold. The classic standby for identifying and knowing the wildfowl of North America. Using 36 full colour and more than 200 line illustrations, one of Canada's most renowned ornithologists presents to sportsmen and professional conservationists an easy to understand and to use look at all the ducks, geese and swans found in the US and Canada. Beginning with the family tree; he shows clearly the size, shape, and makeup of each of the various species. For the technician there is a brief updated report on scientific nomenclature. The bulk of these 484 pages is devoted to reporting every detail about each of 54 species found everywhere. Each kind appears alphabetically by colloquial name. In each case the scientific name is given and explained and variations of the colloquial name are given. Full descriptions of adult and juvenille, male and female, followed by discusions of field marks on the water and in flight and a comprehensive life story round out the characteristics for each kind of duck, geese and swan.
N18. Meredith, Martin "Elephant Destiny, Bioghraphy of an Endangered Species in Africa" Publisher: Public Affairs, 2003. Hardcover in very good condition, dust jacket in excellent condition, black texta mark on lower page edges, colour photographs, 244 pages. Overview: This richly illustrated biography of the African elephant - from ancient Egypt to the most recent discoveries about elephant society and communication - is also a passionate plea to preserve the species. "Taking as a starting point the first scientific studies of wild elephants that were conducted in the 1960s, Meredith draws elegantly from historical texts, accounts of 19th century ivory traders and the work of a new breed of scientists who are articulate lobbyists against the ivory trade as well as ecologists and animal behaviorists. His story is both sad and shaming." Meredith lays out their entire history - centuries of brutality and persecution, export to Roman coliseums and circuses, unabated hunting for ivory, shrinking habitat, corrupt governments and lawless poachers. The elephant's role in literature and popular culture.
N19. Leach, JA "An Australian Bird Book" A Complete Guide to Identification of the Australian Species, Whitcombe & Tombs Pty Ltd, 1944. Hardcover in reasonable condition, although loose in binding, corners are worn, particularly rear top corner, coloured plates, black and white plates, 200 pages. This book is intended mainly as a guide to identification. Plus half the book is devoted to a substantial "lecture" on Australian Bird Life.
N21. Lorenz, Konrad Z "King Solomon's Ring" New Light on Animal Ways, Reprint Society, 1953. Illustrated by author. Hardcover in good condition, with torn dustjacket. Good, penetrating non-technical book about animals and animal nature. Ethnology.
N22. National Audubon Society "Camouflage in Nature" 1968. A sticker book with all stickers unused and complete in centre of book. How to eat and not be eaten, methods of concealment, counter shading, many interesting animals are introduced to the reader. 64 pages, book is in very good condition.
N23. "National Geographic June 1978" In very good condition, has the following stories. William Penn's Faire Land - Colossus of productivity, the Keystone State still cherishes its role in the nation's beginnings and preserves vast sweeps of forest and mountain. Treasure from the Aegean - preserved by the sea for 1,000 years, priceless Islamic glassware is salvaged from a shipwreck in a Turkish cove by marine archaeologist George F Bass. Living the Good Life in Burgundy - only the bonhomie of its habitants exceeds the rich history and vaunted wines of this bountiful region of France. Uncle Sam's Museum with wings - The Smithsonian's monument to man's conquest of air and space is drawing visitors by the millions. Director Michael Collins, a former astronaut, introduces a pictorial tour. Bizarre Dragons of the Sea - terrifying in name and visage only, sea dragons and leafy dragons,12 to 18 inch long relatives of the sea horse thrive off Australia's southern coast. The Proud Armenians - Though uprooted from their ancestral homeland, a far-scattered people have not forgotten their traditions or their faith.
N24. Peterson, B and Hogan, L "Sightings, The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey" Publisher: National Geographic Society, Washington DC, 2002. Hardcover in excellent condition, as new, dust jacket in excellent condition, black and white photographs, 286 pages. For 50 million years gray whales have migrated 10,000 miles along the western shores of North Mexico, to their summer feeding grounds in the icy, fertile waters of the Bering Sea. In Sightings, an award winning Native American writer and an acclaimed novelists, essayist, and naturalist interweave the diverse strands of legend and lore, science and symbolism, wonder and controversy inspired by the gray whale. Overview: On a Pacific odyssey from Mexico to Alaska in pursuit of the mysterious gray whale, Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson create a vivid and varied tapestry of poignant stories and plain spoken science.
N25. Pizzey, G "A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia" Collins, 1989. Illustrated by Roy B Doyle. Softcover in good condition, map on endpapers, coloured plates, 460 pages. This book is a comprehensive work on Australian bird life. Full details are given of the field marks, habitats, voice characteristics, breeding and nesting habits and range of each species. This field guide should enable you to identify any bird you are likely to see in Australia. It illustrates all except rare vagrants and a few others. There are 56 colour plates and 43 black and white. They contain nearly 1400 separate figures, illustrating almost all the plumages our birds wear. Some birds, like the ducks and waders, are shown in flight as well as swimming or standing, because that is the way they are usually seen. For quick reference, each bird has its own number, beside its name on the plates, in the text and on the distribution maps. Contents: introduction, how to use this guide, recognizing birds, non-passerines, passerines, distribution maps, index. The virtue of this field guide is that it contains all the information necessary, in pictures and text, to identify a bird.
N26. Rowley, I "Bird Life"The Australian Naturalist Library, Collins, second edition, 1982. Softcover in very good condition, coloured illustrations and black and white illustrations, 14 x 22 cms, 284 pages. Bookplate of previous owner on front endpaper. Contents: Introducing Ornithology, The Australian Environment, Behaviour, Breeding, Three life-styles, The Superb Blue Wren, The Australian Raven, The Australian Magpies, The White-winged Chough, The Kookaburra, The Miners, The Tasmanian Native Hen, The Mallee Fowl, Two parrots, Arena Birds, Migration, The Tasmanian Mutton-bird, Nomads of the Inland, The Nomadic Waterbirds, Nomads of Forest and Farm, Nomadic Sea Birds, Conflict and Conservation, Index.
N27. Rue III, Leonard Lee "Game Birds of North America" with paintings by Douglas Allen, Jr, Harper and Row, 1973. 19 x 27 cms, 490 pages. Octavo, brown cloth, black-lettered spine, in very good condition. pictorial dust jacket very worn at top and bottom edge, small tears and curling back. Profusely illustrated by maps and photographs, as well as by paintings by Douglas Allen, Jr. First edition. Many beautiful colour, full page paintings. Waterfowl, upland birds, shore birds and nuisance birds are covered in depth. For each species there is accurate and comprehensive information on size and appearance, distribution, communication, breeding and nesting, eggs and young, flight, migration, habits, food, life span, tracks and other signs, natural enemies, and quality as table fare. 25 pages of spectacular bird paintings - full page and double page reproductions in vivid colour show many birds in their natural habitats, there are also 25 drawings by Mr Allen, 75 photographs of game birds, 25 maps showing migration routes and distribution of various game birds throughout North America. Geese, Sufface-feeding ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, stiff-tailed ducks, mergansers, grouse, Prairie Chicken, Ptarmigan, Quail, Partridge, Turkey, Pigeon, Dove, Crow, Crane, Gallimule and more.
N28. Schulberg, B "Swan Watch" Delacorte Press, 1975. Hardcover in very good condition, dust jacket has tears and folds - not great. Photographs by Geraldine Brooks, colour and black and white photographs, 150 pages, 18 x 26cms. The man famous for his hard hitting books and films uses his dramatic power to tell of one of his first loves, birds, and of the most regal of birds, swans. His is a moving, often humourous, consistently absorbing true story of two swans living on the inlet in front of the Schulberg home - the story of how the incredible beauty and inherent danger of the birds' lives became part of the Schulbergs' existence. With poetry and legend, he traces the relationship between swans and humans.
N29. Simpson & Day "The Birds of Australia, A Book of Identification" 758 Birds in Colour. (Melbourne 1984). Lloyd O'Neil Pty. Ltd., 1st edn. 1984. Hardcover in very good condition - slightly chipped along bottom edge of cover, dust jacket is not good - has tears and soiling. A highly comprehensive guide to all the birds of Australia, described and illustrated, with detailed information on bird behaviour, feeding and breeding habits. Hb 215 x 287mm, pp. 352, beautifully illustr. with 758 species in colour. With num. col. illusts., most full-page, b/w text-illusts., and maps one of which is fold. NOTE: An accurate bird identification reference guide with every bird species of Australia painted and reproduced in colour - over 2000 painted images on 128 plates. Field information and distribution maps adjacent to the colour plates. Simple to use illustrated Key to Families.
N32. Soothill & Whitehead "Wildfowl of the World" Peerage Books, 1978. Hardcover in excellent condition, dust jacket also in excellent condition, previous owners bookplate on front endpaper, dust jacket has been lovingly covered in protective plastic, 297 pages. Here, are nearly all the known species of wildfowl illustrated in full colour, in a book which is the combination of an expert text and outstanding photographs. The 128 colour plates are by some of the world's leading bird and wildlife photographers, including work by the authors. The plates are enhanced by the inclusion of distribution maps and the informative line illustrations by Joe Blossom. Contents include: Using the book, introduction, important wetlands for Wildfowl, Wildfowl of the World, Wildfowl Collections around the World, Bibliography, index. Swans, geese, ducks.
N33. Spalding, Linda "The Follow, A True Story" Publisher: Key Porter Books, 1998. Hardcover in excellent condition, dust jacket in excellent condition, as new, no blemishes or marks, 318 pages. Overview: In The Follow, novelist Linda Spalding travels to Borneo, first with her two daughters and later alone, in search of famed orangutan scientist Birute Galdikas. What she finds instead is an unholy mix of foreign scientists, government workers, tourists, loggers, descendants of Dayak headhunters, Javanese gold miners, and ex-captive and wild orangutans. Her journey is the equivalent of a "follow" during which a tracker watches, over the course of time, an orangutan's movements and the effect of the animal on the surrounding environment. Spalding's follow takes her from Galdikas's Orangutan Foundation International's offices in Los Angeles to her subject's original research station on the crocodile infested Sekonyer River in Kalimantan. This is Spalding's story of her journey up the Sekonyer River and what she learns along the way. A rare vision of life in the rainforest unfolds. APES, ENDANGERED SPECIES, MALAYSIA, ENVIRONMENT, PRIMATES,
N34. Turner, WJ (ed) "Nature in Britain" Collins, 1950. Hardback in good condition, some wear and fading to cover. 48 plates in colour, 132 illustrations in black and white. Contents: Trees in Britain - Howard, Wild flowers in Britain - Grigson, Wild life in Britain - Darling, Birds of Britain - Fisher, British Marine Life - Yonge, Insect life in Britain - Taylor. Beautifully illustrated, 324 pages.
N36. Wedding, Allan G "Aves" illustrated by BA Zanker, 1971. First edition, signed by artist. Hardcover book in very good condition, dust jacket in very good condition. 15 colour illustrations. Many monotone illustrations and sketches. Contents: world of birds, classification of birds, facts and fallacies on birds, bird banding, facts on incubation, dictionary of scientific terms.